First published in 1986. In this book Neville Thompson traces Wellington’s life after 1815 using then new archival and documentary records. The work examines the development of Wellington’s character and outlook, and assesses the significance of his persistent involvement in politics over three decades. It shows the Duke was a crucial figure in the development of the compromise between reform and the preservation of traditional institutions and practices. This title will be of interest to students of history.

chapter |4 pages


chapter 1|23 pages

Character and circumstance

chapter 2|29 pages

The Golden Age

chapter 3|25 pages

Chaos and order

chapter 4|28 pages

A battle like Waterloo

chapter 5|19 pages

Man’s second Fall

chapter 6|28 pages

The dark defile

chapter 7|30 pages

Holding the line

chapter 8|20 pages

Intimations of mortality

chapter 9|33 pages

The defence of the realm

chapter 10|27 pages